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Charlottetown needs water-saving plan

Charlottetown residents are being asked to provide their thoughts on a water conservation plan as the city's main water source is reaching its capacity.
Charlottetown is looking for tips from residents on how to save water. ((CBC))

Charlottetown residents are being asked to provide their thoughts on a water conservation plan as the city's main water source is reaching its capacity.

City officials are looking at ways to cut down on consumption to ease the load on the Winter River Watershed.

Water conservation program co-ordinator Ramona Doyle told CBC News Tuesday one way to cut down on consumption is for residents to hook up water meters to their homes. Currently, all commercial operations and new homes are on meters, and residents can also volunteer to go on a metered water system.

Metered homes, she said, are seeing a saving over those who pay a flat rate.

"The results are actually showing that people are paying less," said Doyle.

"I looked at all the switches that happened last year, so people that applied voluntarily to switch, and of them 99 per cent actually saved money on their water bill."

The city is sending out a survey to about 700 Charlottetown unmetered customers that will ask homeowners for tips on how to conserve water. Residents who don't get the paper survey can fill one out online.

The survey results will be used to help the water utility create a conservation plan.